It’s that time of the year again!
As the clocks get ready to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve, many of us are reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the shiny new one ahead of us.
Unfortunately, for most, New Year’s resolutions don’t last long.
Why is it so difficult to stick to our resolutions?
The most common reason is that we make resolutions that are too ambitious or unrealistic. We often set goals that are too big, or we try to make too many changes at once.
We can also make the mistake of setting resolutions that are not specific or measurable, so it’s hard to track any progress.
Another reason is our resolutions often lack motivation. We can make the best plans in the world, but without the motivation and dedication to follow through, our resolutions are doomed to fail before we even begin.
Equally important to consider is we may lack the necessary resources or support to follow through.
Finally, we tend to get discouraged if we don’t see immediate results. We expect our resolutions to work overnight, and when they don’t, we give up.
We forget that success takes time and consistency.
The good news is, it is possible to stick to our resolutions!
Here are some steps to help you stay focused and motivated:
- Start small and focus on achievable goals.
- Make a realistic plan to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
- Set specific and measurable goals so you can track your progress and celebrate accomplishments along the way.
- Find a way to stay motivated, such as rewarding yourself for making progress or enlisting the help of a friend or family member.
Don’t beat yourself up when you slide backward. Remember it takes time and consistency to reach success.
It also takes forgiving yourself and getting back on track when you realize your resolutions have fallen by the wayside.
Good luck and happy New Year!